Jens Bratlie

Jens Kristian Meinich Bratlie (17 January 1856 – 15 September 1939) was a Norwegian attorney and military officer. He served as an elected official representing the Conservative Party. He was the 13th prime minister of Norway from 1912 to 1913.[1][2]

Jens Bratlie
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Jens Bratlie
13th Prime Minister of Norway
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 January 1913
MonarchHaakon VII
Preceded byWollert Konow
Succeeded byGunnar Knudsen
President of the Storting
In office
1 January 1910 – 20 February 1912
Served with Magnus Halvorsen and Wollert Konow
MonarchHaakon VII
Prime MinisterGunnar Knudsen
Wollert Konow
Preceded byEdvard A. Liljedahl
Gunnar Knudsen
Carl Berner
Succeeded byJørgen Løvland
Søren Tobias Årstad
Gunnar Knudsen
Minister of Defence
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 January 1913
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byKarl Bull
Succeeded byHans Vilhelm Keilhau
Minister of Auditing
In office
20 February 1912 – 31 January 1913
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byWollert Konow
Succeeded byGunnar Knudsen
Leader of the Conservative Party
In office
Preceded byFredrik Stang
Succeeded byOtto B. Halvorsen
Member of the Norwegian Parliament
In office
1 January 1901 – 31 December 1912
In office
1 January 1916 – 31 December 1918
Personal details
Jens Kristian Meninich Bratlie

(1856-01-17)17 January 1856
Nordre Land, United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
Died15 September 1939(1939-09-15) (aged 83)
Oslo, Norway
Resting placeVår Frelsers Gravlund
Political partyConservative
Other political
National Legion
Alma materThe Royal Frederick University
AwardsSt. Olavs Orden stripe.svgOrder of St. Olav
SWE Order of Vasa - Knight 2nd Class BAR.png Order of Vasa
DNK Order of Danebrog Commander 1st Degree BAR.png Order of the Dannebrog
SVE Svärdsorden BAR.svg Order of the Sword
Military service
Allegiance Norway
Branch/serviceNorwegian army coat of arms.svg Norwegian Army
Years of service1873–1929
RankNOR OF7.png Major General


Jens Bratlie was born at Nordre Land in Oppland, Norway. Bratlie came from a family of leading businessmen and civil servant. He was the son of Erik Bratlie (1814-1890) and wife Bolette Sofie Meinich (1821-1870). Following the death of his mother, he was adopted by the industrialist Jørgen Meinich.[3]

Bratlie graduated from the Military High School in 1880 and was trained as an army officer (eventually rising to the level of Major General). He also earned a law degree allowing him to work as a high-ranking civil servant (1886). He served several years as expedition secretary in the Department of Defense. He became Captain (1893), General Commission Commissioner (1898) and General Attorney for the Armenian Judiciary from 1906.[4]

Bratlie held several offices such as leader of the Conservative Party (1910–11) and president of the Storting (1910–12). He was in the Storting representing Kristiania (now Oslo) 1900-12 and 1916–18. He served as Norwegian Minister of Defence and Minister of Auditing from 1912 to 1913.[5][6]

In the 1927 Norwegian parliamentary election he was the fourth ballot candidate for the party National Legion, behind Karl Meyer, Frøis Frøisland and Thorvald Aadahl.[7] In a press release, the National Legion (led by Meyer) stated that it had cherry picked "strong" personalities to combat the hardships in Norwegian politics.[8] Frøisland denounced the ballot in an Aftenposten piece, stating that himself, Aadahl and Bratlie was unwilling and unaware of the nomination. He stated that a vote for the National Legion would be a wasted vote in the struggle against the "communists". However, according to Norwegian election law the people who were listed on the ballot had no legal grounds to avoid being nominated.[9]

He served as chairman of the Conservative Party from 1911 to 1919. Following his death in 1939, his interment was at Vår Frelsers gravlund.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jens Bratlie, Prime Minister 1912 - 1913 -
  2. ^ "Jens Bratlie's Government. 20 February 1912 - 31 January 1913". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Øyvind Haugen. "Jørgen Meinich". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Gunnar Christie Wasberg. "Jens Bratlie". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Norwegian Ministry of Defence". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Norwegian Ministry of Auditing". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Norges Offisielle Statistikk. VIII. 69. Stortingsvalget 1927" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  8. ^ "Den Nationale Legions nye valgliste for Oslo". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). 23 September 1927. p. 1.
  9. ^ "Den Nationale Legions liste". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 24 September 1927. p. 4.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Norway
Succeeded by